Peter Yeargin left Chicago a few months ago for his new life in D.C., but one thing he didn’t want to leave behind was a Weasel Royale championship, the only major Chicago title to elude his clutches. In his third attempt yesterday at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove, he finally earned the title of Bull Weasel, to go along with his Weasel Moot championship in 2010 and his Weasel of the Year honors in 2009 and 2011.
It was a pretty straightforward game. In the West, France and Germany took on England, while Austria, Italy and Russia couldn’t get their act together against Turkey. Once the F/G pushed East, the final outcome was never really in doubt.
Check out the supply center chart here. Hopefully player comments will follow.
The day opened with the selection ceremony, and as a four-time Royale participant, my advice is don’t underestimate the importance of power selection. The seventh through second seeds all held serve, but Yeargin, the top seed, shook things up a bit by choosing to pick third. You can see the selection order on the supply center chart.
We worked in a Sneak meeting at lunch, and when the two games ended, we retired to the deck for cigars around the firepit. The day officially ended with a new tradition, the lighting of the wish lantern. There was a nervous moment when the lantern briefly snagged in a neighbor’s tree, but it broke free to carry our wishes to heaven…or at least Westchester.
After the lighting, we went inside to play Lifeboats. All in all, another great day for the Weasels. Whether in the Royale or on the Undercard, count on seeing me there next year.